Charles Hawtrey started his career as an actor in films in 1922 at the age of seven; made his stage debut in 1925; broadcast on the radio from 1929. He is probably best known for his appearances (1958-72) in the British "Carry On" comedy film series and for the role of Thomas Duckett (the acting station master) in Powell & Pressburger's film "A Canterbury Tale" (1944). He made at least three 78rpm records as a boy soprano in harmonised duets with girl soprano Evelyn Griffiths (b. 1919). He died in 1988.
Charles Hawtrey A: While shepherds watched their flocks by night (carol: wds Nahum Tate (1652-1715) in Supplement to "The New Version of the Psalms of David" (1700). Record not heard but tune is prob. "Winchester Old" - 16th cent., first publ. as a setting for Psalm 84 in Thomas Este's "The Whole Book of Psalmes" (1592); poss. comp. by Thomas Este (c.1540-1608) or George Kirbye (c.1560-1634). Wds & music first publ. together in "Hymns Ancient and Modern" (1861)) (matrix WAR315-1) B: Hark! The Herald-Angels Sing (carol: wds Charles Wesley (1707-88), "Hymns and Sacred Poems" (1739), et al. - tune from Mendelssohn's "Festgesang zum Gutenbergfest" for male choir (1840), op. 68 - second chorus "Gott ist Licht"; arr. by William Hayman Cummings (1831-1915) for Xmas 1855, publ. 1856) (WAR316-1) Rec. 13 Sept. 1930 with girl sop. Evelyn Griffiths, string quartet & Muntel organ.
Charles Hawtrey A: I don't want to play in your yard (song, 1894: wds Philip Wingate (d. 1925) - music Henry W. Petrie (1857-1925)) (matrix WAR52-1) B: Hush! Hear comes the Dream-Man (song, c. 1911: wds & music Robert P. Weston (1878-1936), Frederick J. Barnes (d. 1918) & Maurice Scott (d. 1933)) (WAR51-1) Rec. 15 March 1930 with Evelyn Griffiths, girl soprano, cond. Stanford Robinson.
Charles Hawtrey A: Home, Sweet Home (incipit: Mid pleasures and palaces.) (ballad from opera "Clari, or, The Maid of Milan" (1823) by Henry Rowley Bishop (1786-1855) to libretto by John Howard Payne (1791-1852). Tune "partly founded" on a "Sicilian Air" in "Melodies of Various Nations" ed. by Bishop (London n.d. ), vol. 1, pp. 69-72) (matrix WAR149-1) B: Sweet and Low (incipit: Sweet and low, sweet and low, wind of the western sea.) (song, 1863: wds Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-92), in "The Princess; a medley": publ. 1847 but this poem added in edn of 1850 - music Joseph Barnby (1838-96)) (WAR150-1) Rec. 24 May 1930 with Evelyn Griffiths, girl soprano, string quartet & Eustace Pett, organ, cond. Stanford Robinson.
The pair were advertised as "Child Wonder Voices" in The Gramophone (Sept. 1930), "The Sweet-Voiced Children" in Regal's 1933 catalogue & "Angel Voiced Children" in The Sound Wave for Dec. 1930.